Signing Jadon Sancho this summer should remain the top goal for Manchester United.
SkySports report Borussia Dortmund want £100 million for the winger, a fee which would be a club record for United.
Chief executive Ed Woodward warned at the weekend that the market not to expect crazy transfers, BBC Sport seeming to rule out laughable talk United could spend £200 million on Harry Kane.
A move for Sancho is still viable though, because United can make this money up in player sales.
This can be done without selling off high value players like Paul Pogba and David de Gea, although obviously that is one avenue open to the club.
Here is a look at seven fringe players who United could sell and recoup the £100 million required to sign Sancho.
- Marcos Rojo: £10m
- Phil Jones: £10m
- Chris Smalling: £15m
- Jesse Lingard: £20m
- Andreas Pereira: £15m
- Joel Pereira: £5m
- Diogo Dalot: £25m
Trimming the squad down
Of these seven players, Rojo, Smalling and Joel Pereira are currently out on loan.
Pereira has had a poor season on loan at Hearts and it’s time to cut him loose, for a small fee.
It’s also time to move on from Rojo and Smalling, on loan at Estudiantes and Roma. Italian website Calciomercato recently claimed United want 20 million Euros for Smalling.
This is also the summer Phil Jones should be moved on, having made just two Premier League starts this season. The Mail last month linked him with a £12m move to Newcastle.
Then decisions come to Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira, and it’s time to be ruthless. The Sun last month reported both players’ futures ‘hang in the balance’.
United could get decent fees for both players still, as well as Diogo Dalot. The Mail recently said United could demand £35 million for him amid interest from other clubs. This seems excessive, and £25 million would be useful enough if United are looking to raise funds.
Plenty more left over
If United could manage to shift all seven of these players for these fees, Sancho could be bought without any expense.
This would in turn allow more funds to be put towards other areas of the squad, a midfielder and a striker.
More depth will obviously be needed if Lingard and Pereira go, but many fans feel both are out of chances.
There’s also Alexis Sanchez too, although we’ve left him off this list as it’s highly unlikely we would manage to get a fee for him, considering a club has to agree to take on his wages.
United have to spend wisely this summer, but it’s also important to sell well too, and Solskjaer needs to be ruthless.
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